Governor Signs Bill Giving County Sheriff a $12,000 Raise

- ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill into law giving the Washington County Sheriff a pay raise.

Currently, the sheriff's salary is $88,000. The new law raises it $12,000 to $100,000 in 2015.

"He'll still maybe be as much as $20,000 below some of his other workers, some of his top-level managers," said Del. Andrew Serafini, (R-Washington County).

This recommendation comes from a county salary study commission.

"Many county sheriffs, they have employees that make more than they do," Serafini said. "In this case, this are people that work for Sheriff Mullendore that make about 20 to 30 percent more than he does. It's an elected position. He chose to run for it, but we just felt it made sense."

Serafini, who's chairman of the Washington County Delegation, says the law gives the county sheriff closer to what other sheriffs make across the state.

"When we looked at it across the state and the compensation commission looked at it, it still won't be the highest," Serafini said. "For the population and for what he's called on to do, we felt that was reasonable."

The law also allows Washington County Commissioners to set the salary for the sheriff and the board of commissioner and not go through the state legislature beginning in 2017.

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